Project Kick-Off Workshop Provides Additional Awareness to Participants on Disability Inclusion

Project Kick-Off Workshop Provides Additional Awareness to Participants on Disability Inclusion

The Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program supported ADD International in Cambodia organizing a project kick-off workshop and a roundtable discussion on the importance and relevance of disability inclusion within response services to address gender-based violence (GBV). ADD international, which focuses on strengthening women-led Disabled People’s Organisations and disabled women’s networks to lead primary prevention interventions targeting women and girls with disabilities, including the most vulnerable, is one of 14 organisations engaged through a grants process to implement activities under the ACCESS program.

During the workshop, Her Excellency Nhean Sochetra, General Director of Social Development at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), addressed participants sharing that “Women and girls with disabilities are a vulnerable population who face a high risk of experiencing physical, mental, and sexual violence, economic crisis, and discrimination within their communities. As such, the inclusion of GBV within response services should be a priority.”

Man Sochea, a self-help group leader from the Tboung Khmum province, who attended the workshop, expressed her love for her work as it provides her with opportunities to assist and support vulnerable women and girls. She provides them with counselling and disseminates information on GBV to them. The workshop provided her with additional awareness on GBV to share with people in her community.